Is it possible to stop getting punctures?
I would argue that it is. After a spate of 3 punctures in two week, I decided enough was enough.
If they can design Cycle Hire Bikes to hardly ever get punctures, then why can’t I do the same with my bike?
I made a few tweaks and I’m happy to say I’ve been puncture free f0r over 12 months. (Which sounds like something you would say at a Punctures Anonymous meeting).
Start here: Tyres
The best thing you can do to banish punctures from your life is to get a pair of puncture resistant tyres. For my single speed (and for road bikes) I thoroughly recommend the Schwalbe Durano Plus. The Gatorskin tyres are also highly recommended by readers of London Cyclist.
To work out the size you need, look at the sidewall of your existing tyre. The size should be listed there.
Two sets of tyres will set you back under £50 and will save you countless road side repairs and late meetings.
If you can’t afford both new tyres at the same time, start with the rear wheel as this is where you get most punctures and it is more of a pain to repair.
Stick to recommended tyre pressures
On the sidewall of your tyre, a number will be listed for the recommended tyre pressure. You should be careful to not be below or above this. Go too low and you risk more punctures.
It’s a good idea to have a track pump with a pressure gage at home. This will allow you to measure the pressure and also to pump up your tyres quickly.
Your inner tube will gradually lose pressure so you’ll need to top it up frequently.
Where are the punctures coming from?
If you find yourself getting many punctures it may mean a number of things. First of all there may be an object trapped inside the tyre that is causing repeat punctures. It may also mean the tyre is worn out so is no longer correctly protecting the inner tube. If you find you are getting punctures on the inside side of the inner tube then it may be that one of your spokes is protruding past the rim tape. If this is the case you’ll need to replace the rim tape.
Should you use tyre sealant?
Stay out the gutter..
Another big tip is to stay clear of gutters in the rain as this is where debris congregate waiting to cause you a puncture.
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